The Hanoitimes - Making a pilgrimage to a place where people have fought and died to protect their country’s independence and freedom is an extraordinary experience. Vietnam has been named among the five great battle sites in the world that you should visit at least once in your lifetime, according to a list released by The New Daily, an online, non-paywalled, Australian newspaper established in 2013. Vietnam among world’s great battle sites. “The families of veterans are starting to make the pilgrimage to Vietnam, even though, often, the veterans themselves never wanted to return,” The New Daily wrote. “They feel they owe it to the veterans to learn more about what they went through, especially because of the way the veterans were treated when they got home,” says McLachlan, whose company runs battlefield history tours. The New Daily advises travelers that Vietnam’s war legacy is spread across the country, with much of it near … [Read more...] about Vietnam among world’s great battle sites
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Former English teacher Jack Ma, 54, has become a globally recognised figure through his constant travel and playful antics (Photo: AFP/JORGE SILVA) On the morning of Sep 10, China’s most famous billionaire announced plans to step down as head of the company he founded. Jack Ma revealed he would leave his role as executive chairman of Alibaba Group, the e-commerce and internet behemoth he has led for its entire 19-year existence. In a letter to the 86,000 employees of Alibaba, Ma stated that he would remain as executive chairman for a transition period of one year, at the end of which he will hand the reigns to Daniel Zhang, who has served as CEO of the firm since replacing Ma in that role three years ago. Ma also announced in the letter that he intends to continue to serve on the company’s board of directors until its annual meeting in 2020. In a heartfelt and eloquent letter characteristic of the charismatic entrepreneur, he expressed gratitude for, and confidence in, … [Read more...] about Where next, Jack Ma?
Deutsche Bank appoints new chief country officer for Vietnam Deutsche Bank has just announced the appointment of Hans-Dieter Holtzmann (49) as chief country officer and head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB) in Vietnam, effective from August 16, 2018. In his capacity as chief country officer, Holtzmann will report to Werner Steinmueller, member of the Management Board and APAC Head of Deutsche Bank, and in his GTB capacity, to Kaushik Shaparia, head of Global Subsidiary Coverage, GTB Foreign Exchange and Corporate Cash Management for Asia. Announcing the appointment, Steinmueller said, “We are pleased to have a colleague of Hans-Dieter’s caliber in this role. As one of our key markets in Southeast Asia, our Vietnamese franchise has shown profitable growth and we are excited about the country’s outlook. This is why last year we significantly increased our capital base in this market, providing the bank with more resources to support our clients’ … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 20/8
Jazreel Lim Trade and business links between Singapore and Vietnam have always been robust, ever since the countries established bilateral diplomatic relations back in 1973. Singapore has consistently been among the top five foreign investors in Vietnam by value of new investments. According to Vietnam’s General Statistics Office (GSO), Singapore ranked second in 2016, third in 2017, and continued to keep its position in the first seven months of 2018. Broadly speaking, real estate and construction, education, manufacturing, infrastructure, and healthcare have traditionally been the big magnets in the Vietnamese market. Since the signing of the Vietnam-Singapore Economic Connectivity Agreement in 2005, the level of collaboration and mutual business opportunities from the segments of transportation, investment, trade, and services is evident. Singaporean companies boast great achievements in Vietnam. Successful stories include CapitaLand, with its famous projects (The Vista, … [Read more...] about Stronger capital flow from Singapore
Like many urban Vietnamese women, Nguyen Thu Trang never lets her smartphone out of reach. The first thing she does every morning is checking Facebook on her phone to see what her friends are up to and what items are for sale. “Social networks help me keep in touch with friends and stay up to date with latest trends. It is also a very effective shopping channel,” said the 32-year old office worker in Hanoi. Trang prefers Facebook to local e-commerce sites because she can directly inquire sellers for the specific information she needs. For fashion products such as clothing items or shoes, she can decline to buy the items when they are delivered if they don’t fit or their quality doesn’t match what she expects. Trang is just one of millions of Vietnamese social media savvy users who regularly shop on channels like Facebook, Instagram and homegrown Zalo. They buy everything, from groceries and homemade products, to cosmetics, clothes and household items from … [Read more...] about The rise of social network retailers in Vietnam